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the Turks. There is no doubt that their condition as subjects was greatly worse than if they had been of the same race and religion with their rulers. The grinding oppression under which they lived, if it does not excuse, at least extenuates the partial and feeble risings that have brought upon them so horrible a retribution. Is there no power to interfere, we will not say in this unequal struggle, but in this wanton butchery and unrestrained indulgence ? Are the Christian nations of Europe to stand by and see their Christian brethren thus ruthlessly slaughtered and outraged, or even held in such a state of oppressive vassalage as makes the recurrence of such scenes possible ? Ah! here again the mutual jealousies of the Christian nations is the one great obstacle to the vindication and protection of these oppressed and suffering people. England is at once more responsible for the occurrence of these horrors, and is more able to prevent their recurrence than any of the Christian nations of Europe. The Sultan is her ally; she has taken Turkey under her protection. Yet what has England done? Is she bound by her alliance to protect or even countenance Turkey in her in human treatment of her Christian subjects ? Are such questions as these to be settled by the cold and too often selfish counsels of politicians, acting through the circuitous ways of diplomacy? Are all the generous instincts of our nature to be stifled by the cold calculations of politicians, who are induced to settle first of all how the question affects our own national interests ? A Queen sits upon the throne of England as much a woman as a queen. The shrieks of the violated women of Bulgaria must have pierced her ears, and wrung her heart with anguish. And how greatly intensified must the agonized feeling of the Queen of a free and happy people be when she reflects that these atrocities have been done in the sight of this sun, and under the shadow of the fleet which had been despatched in her name to Turkish waters for the very purpose of affording protection to the Christians! What atrocities would have been committed if the fleet had not been there to restrain the religious fanaticism and ferocious character of the Turkish soldiery, it is impossible to sayperhaps because it seems impossible to conceive anything more ferocious and horrible than their conduct has been. The Queen herself, much as she must sympathize with victims of Turkish barbarity, can do nothing but by and with the advice of her ministers. Yet it would seem to be, in such circumstances, matter of regret that our constitutional Government should reduce the sovereign so almost entirely to a cypher as to serve only to increase the value of her constituted advisers; and they seem to be less disposed than the country demands to put an effectual stop once for all to the Turkish power of doing again such deeds of blood and violence.
This is a matter in which Christians of all creeds, as well as citizens of all political opinions, have a common interest and a common duty. And we are sure the members of the New Church are not behind others in the desire to do all that can be done to deliver the oppressed and relieve the destitution to which a ruthless power has reduced the survivors of its fearful atrocities.
“The APOCALYPSE REVEALED.”—A and charge him to discourse on anything correspondent sends us the following and everything, possible and impossible notice of this work, which appeared on --ridiculous, grave, clear, cloudy, mean, July 14 in the Methodist Recorder:-“This majestic, pure, impure-sycophantic, (the Swedenborg) Society is just now won- awful, blasphemous,
-the result, I am derfully active in circulating the works satisfied, will reveal the Apocalypse as of their amiable heresiarch. The work intelligently and beneficially as The is fairly printed, and valuable as a Apocalypse Revealed by E. Swedenborg. literary curiosity, and soinething more. May the Divine Spirit of Truth preserve There is an exposition of the us clergy from this revived ‘ism.'” heads and ten horns,' which may perhaps We offer no comment on this lanhave a wiler reach of application than guage. Our only feeling is one of pain was intended. • Intelligence derived and surprise that any man occupying from the Word, at tirst holy, afterwards the position of Mr. M'Grath could so far none, and at last insanity.'
forget himself as thus to expose his total Such, says our correspondent, is this want of Christian charity, and utter brief notice. Where has the last sen- ignorance of the subject on which he tence been copied from?
writes. The circulation of this work has also called forth a letter from the Rev. N. New CHURCH LITERATURE. - One of M‘Grath, which is published in the the features of the present time is the Record, the organ of the Evangelical or frequent notice of New Church publicaLow Church party in the Establishment. tions by the public press. Some recent The letter is a mere compilation of the publications have been in this manner oft-refuted slanders and misrepresenta- extensively and favourably noticed. This tions of the late Rev. J. G. Pike of is especially the case with Prof. Parsons' Derby. We are informed by a corre- Outlines of the Reliyion and Philosophy spondent that a letter was sent by a of Swedenborg. A notice of the work member of the “ Auxiliary to the appeared in the Spectator, which from Record, in which the writer simply drew its descriptive and Catholic character, attention to the fact that Mr. MʻGrath can scarcely fail to draw attenhad drawn all his charges against tion to the work. Notices have also Emanuel Swedenborg from “ Pike," appeared in several other periodicals. which charges were thoroughly refuted One in The Literary World is comat the time of their appearance by Hind- bined with a notice of Dr. Maudsley's inarsh and others, and urging such of statements in his work on Body and the clergy as desired to ascertain Swe- Mind.”. It is late in the day to talk of denborg's real sentiments to read his Swedenborg's insanity, yet this is the writings for themselves. This letter was theory gravely intimated by the writer. refused insertion in the Record. A com- At the same time the author suffers munication has since been addressed by this accusation in good company. “It the “ Auxiliary” to Mr. M'Grath, draw- would almost seem,” says the writer, ing his attention to several of the mis- “as if, in a certain sense, insanity and conceptions he has borrowed froin Mr. inspiration went together, in the same Pike's pamphlet.
way as we must break down and become The following is the way in which this bankrupt with regard to the things of Christian minister speaks of one of the time and sense before the things of etermost learned and uniformly virtuous of nity impress us with their due weight men :-“Given a lunatic, if not an im- and importance.”. This is a new theory postor, sour, prurient, imaginative, auto- of inspiration; and, if true, it niay admit cratic ; din into him the thesis of the of question whether the world is not seer that the Lord is the Creator of more indebted to its insanity than to its heaven and earth, and that the Father wisdom. The Church has never ceased took our nature, glorified it and made it to teach that true wisdom is not "the Divine;' give him time and materials, wisdom of this world,” but “the wis
off his head.
dom which descendeth from above." name, which is connected with the issue All, however, is not barren in Swe- of Swedenborg's writings, that Mr. Handenborg. “It is not to be denied that cock has sympathies, more or less prothere are many—an increasing number nounced, with that (the Swedenborgian) we should say—of those who are unpre- school of thought.” This inference pared to admit anything supernatural in does not prevent him from recognizing Swedenborg's visions, who nevertheless the great merit of the work, which he can see such scattered germs of truth warmly commends to Christian readers. in his writings that they would be loath “That we may disarm prejudice beforeto describe them as the mere rhapsodies hand,” the writer continues, "we hasten of an eminent man of science who was to add that there is nothing in these
Such short and easy discourses which marks them out as bemethods of dealing with a question of longing in any exclusive sense to this this kind are suspicious, precisely be- section of the Christian Church. On cause they are short and easy. Turning the contrary, they are sermous which to Mr. Parsons' summary of Sweden- will be read with enjoyment and profit borg's doctrines, we are struck with the by Christians of all shades of thought. service which later interpreters have all that is needed to enjoy and relish rendered to the visions of the founder them is a taste for spiritual truth, and of the Church of the New Jerusalem. a desire to see God in everything. They have made coherent what seemed can but believe that earth is the shadow to be incoherent, and given shape and of heaven, and time of eternity, that the consistency to what seemed the wan- things which are seen are temporal, and derings of a mind unable to write or the things unseen eternal, and further think coherently." Can the writer have that the relation between the two is not ever carefully read through a single that the one comes only after the other, volume of Swedenborg's ? Surely no one but is, in fact, the essence and kernel of who had done so would have penned a the other, in that case we shall be at sentence so wide of the mark as the last the point of view to enter into and we have cited. “Still,” says the writer, enjoy writing like this of Mr. Hancock."
we can truly say that we have read The writer indicates some of the Mr. Parsons' outline of Swedenborg's leading features of the work, giving in theology and philosophy with an interest two cases pertinent extracts. which we have never been able to feel poses in unsparing terms much of the for any of Swedenborg's own writings.” worldliness of the professing Christian The views of Swedenborg on “ the world, and concludes his notice in these Trinity, the resurrection of the body, words : and the relation heaven and hell to
“In conclusion, we have only to add this world, are thought rationalistic hy that as there is much unspiritual reli. some and fanciful by others; but which- gion which passes current with the reli. ever they be, they offer as good solution gious world because it has the orthodox of the insoluble problem as the current ring about it, so, on the other hand, orthodoxy. It would be easy, indeed, to discourses like these are to be prized beshow that the Swedenborgian conception cause they help even unspiritual persons of the Trinity, as Wisdom, Love, Power, to see what the spiritual life is in its the tri-partite, not tri-personal concep- essence. We cannot improve on this tion of the one living God, has as much distinction between the spiritual and the Scripture on its side as the ordinary unspiritual in life. "Good is disinterAthanasian theory. In any case it is ested, and goes out to give. Evil is remarkable how Swedenborg's views selfish, and seeks only its own. No silently spread among those who are by man can mistake his quality in the no means disposed to enrol themselves main if he tries his actions by this simas members of the New Jerusalem ple test-Am I trying to give, to help, to Church.",
guide, or am I trying only to gain or to
enjoy ?' All is contained in this test, THE CARES OF LIFE.—The Literary and by applying this fearlessly and faithWorld of August 11th contains a length- fully to the average class of men, this ened and warmly appreciative notice of writer has done a service to truth, and this able' and excellent publication. helped on spiritual religion more effecThe writer infers, “from the publisher's tively than many authors who have at
tained a sounding reputation from the an influence which is permeating the religious world.”
minds of the younger portion of our
brethren unconsciously as well as conUNREST OF THE CHURCHES.—There sciously. Silently and yet powerfully is unrest in all the churches. In the is it working its way into their mental Congregational body this is seen in the system, so that when called upon to dissatisfaction of many of the people face anew some old theological problem, with the preaching of the ministers, and they are startled by the new forms into in the widespread desire for change which their thinking falls. They find among the preachers. In the Christian that they have unconsciously drifted World newspaper attention has been from their old moorings, and are out to drawn to the subject by a leading article, sea before they knew it.” But while these which has led to an extended corre- changes of opinion are going on, how spondence. The several letters which do they affect the laity ? “Have minishave appeared admit the fact, and sug. ter and people,” inquires this writer, gest various remedies of a more or less “travelled together? Can the hearer practical kindl. One writer contends for appreciate the intellectual standpoint of the liberty of the people to criticise the his teacher ? Or, if there has been no preachers—a liberty which is generally mental growth or advance on the part supposed to be pretty freely exercised. of the majority in our churches, has Another writer discusses the subject at there been a growth of charity, of length. “There can be,” he says, no sympathy, of love? If not, then Pew doubt but what there is a wide sense of and Pulpit must stand towards each
or feeling of dissatisfaction, other at drawn daggers. A split must especially among the younger portion take place, and as in the majority of of our ministry, with regard to their disturbances of the kind, physical force present position in the churches. And overrides the intellectual. The minister if a canvass were taken, I venture to is snubbed as a heretic, or left to labour say that two-thirds, or, at the lowest amidst coldness and suspicion. Here, estimate, one-half, of them would be I apprehend, lies the cause of the glad of a change." Speaking of the present unrest among our ministers. causes of this unrest he says, “We Between an orthodox brother and an cannot be ignorant of the enormous orthodox church peace may prevail; unadvances that have been made within broken harmony may exist for years. the last few years in what is called in the midst of such peaceableness what • religious thought.' Philosophy and desire can there be for change? It is science have invaded the domain of only when a man dares to speak out the theology, which has been regarded as honest convictions of his soul, and face the special preserve' of the Christian the narrowness, and prejudice, and minister, and have_spoiled for him superficial living of his day, that he is much of his game. Theological dogmas assailed, and renders his position unhave been divested of their authority certain and painful. Young men canand much of their sanctity. Men can not labour successfully under such no longer dogmatize about the nature circumstances, and neither will their of God, the origin of man, the Person of love of truth and principle cause them Christ, inspiration, and the Atonement, to submit to any unjust compromise. as formerly. We feel, in the interests They must either come out, or be left to of truth, that we must concede some. the liberty of free speech. The state thing that we once held dear. We feel of things thus indicated must lead to that we dare not brand the conclusions other changes than those taking place of honest, and laborious, and patient in the several churches of the Congreworkers in the fields of mind and gational body. And this we are inmatter as unproven, as 'mere specula- formed is actually in progress: “Within tions,' wanting the elements of certainty the last few years,” says this writer in and fact. We honestly confess that conclusion, “I could enumerate no less they have revealed more of God to us, than a dozen young men among my and have deepened our reverence for own personal acquaintances who have His Name more than all the theologians left the denomination for some other. of the last and present centuries. Here, And hardly a week passes without then, is a mighty influence abroad, and losing some one from our ranks, and
losing what would eventually prove the accept the Divine nature of Christ there flower and manhood of our ministry. is ten times more unity than appears. We can ill afford the loss, but unless In heart, in conscience, in aim, in greater sympathy is shown, and wider hopes, there is at least as much unity liberty accorded to the rising ministry, as between the different States of the I, for one, fear for the future of Congre. American Confederation in relation to gationalism." What is the remedy for the Central Government. We are regi. this unrest? We unhesitatingly say such ments in one arny. All the greater a faith in a Divine Human Saviour as the pity that we are not more thoroughly shall anchor the soul to this Rock of united in appearance, and before the Ages; and such a knowledge of the true world. Actually we misrepresent ourmeaning of the Word as shall enable the selves.” preachers to present the treasures of its Mr. Thomas is describing in these wisdom for the enlightenment and words the feelings and aspirations of the guidance of the people.
more advanced section of Protestant
thinkers and teachers. It is refreshing, THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE is the however, to know that this section of title of a remarkable discourse by Rev. the Church is becoming more powerful Reuen Thomas, preached before the pro- and influential. But from these negafessor and students of Amherst College, tive statements, he proceeds to discuss Massachusetts, U.S.A., and (in part) at the hopes and aspirations of the future. Christ Church, Westminster Bridge Among the signs of the future, Mr. Road, London; from the text-"Neither Thomas predicts—“We shall have more pray I for these alone, but for them teaching as distinct froin preaching and also which shall believe on Me through evangelizing. Also a broader and more their word ; that they all may be one ; inclusive church-fellowship, enabling us as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in better to bear one another's burdens, Thee, that they also may be one in us : and so fulfil the law of Christ. We that the world may believe that Thou shall have a more satisfactory method hast sent Me” (John xvii. 20, 21). of interpreting Holy Writ-a method The subject thus discussed by the more scientific,
philosophic, preacher is that of Christian unity. truer to the facts of life, yet inore This unity is presented, in appearance at spiritual. Very few who have been least, more perfectly in the Catholic diligent Bible students for years can than the Protestant Churches. This, have failed to arrive at the persuasion Mr. Thomas contends, is only an appear that the Book is a whole, and that every
“The Catholic Church,” says the part of it needs every other part for its preacher, “is a compound of imperialism interpretation. That wretched system and traditionalism, which never, under of supporting a doctrine or practice by a any circumstances, can allow that legiti- single passage cut out of its connection mate freedom which God has given to will be abandoned. That dishonest, man to use his heart and mind as is tricky system of being a strict literfitting. Some persons talk of finding rest alist in one passage when it suits our in Catholicism. Rest ! there can be no convenience, and quite something else rest there except for the dead. God in another passage, will be relegated to never intended us to have that kind of the men who have some other cause to rest here on earth, which consists in the serve than that of the kingdom of non-exercise or prescriptively limited Christ.” exercise of intelligence, of conscience, and of heart. These noblest powers SPIRITISM.-The Metropolitan of have to be developed into strength by August 26th contains a well-writen and use, and one might as soon think of thoughtful article on Angelic Revelabandaging the head and linibs of a tions, being a review of the work regrowing child so as to prevent their cently published under this title. The growth, as to seek rest in any ecclesias- writer admits the possibility of intertical system whatsoever.
course with those who have departed, The unity of Protestantism, though and shows the wide extent of belief in less in appearance, is greater in reality. this fact. The fact is accepted ; the “My own conviction ” says the preacher, revelations are not discussed. Most New “is, that among those Protestants who Churchmen will concede the fact, but